SUNSHINESKYWAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUNSHINESKYWAY SUNSHINESKYWAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Contest results awards finale today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487243 I did end up with 1st place in the competition with 19.6% weight loss in 12 weeks (May, June & July). My team was also 1st place. There were 14 teams and 120 individual competitors. I work for an awesome company who does a lot for it's employees. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:38:24 EST September changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477800 I changed my hair color to red. It is drastic, but it really worked for me. Change is good. I also went into hiatus after the weightloss competition. I am back to working out & making better choices for food. The finale for the contest awards are Monday September 16th. I heard it through my old supervisor that I won it again. I guess we'll see. <BR> I hope everyone is having a great start to their September. <BR> <em>289</em> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:48:54 EST 3 month contest final measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429066 Body fat - Start 35.9% Final 27.6% <BR> Chest- 44 39.5 <BR> Waist- 40 37 <BR> Hips- 45 39 <BR> Biceps- 16 14 <BR> Thighs- 26 21.5 <BR> <BR> Total perce... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:29:55 EST Final count down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427082 Monday morning @ 7am is the final weigh in for the Commit To Be Fit contest @ work. I did have 2 bad weeks, but I have since turned it around. I had to eliminate beans the other day due to serious bloating & just stick to coconut oil, unsweetened almond milk, eggs, olives, limited organic meats & green leafy veggies. This morning, even with my monthly friend, my stomach seems to have shrank a couple of inches. I will get final measurements & weight & post the results next week. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 07:20:44 EST Slow carb & 4HB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423767 I found a link to some information on slow carbing. I am one of those who needs carbs or I get lethargic. I have started getting my carbs from beans & non-starchy veggies. I cut out bread &, dairy, rice, pasta, etc. I will follow-up with my final weigh-in results next week for the contest & also update on how the slow carb is going after this 1st week. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 05:19:34 EST Getting it together after binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417885 Last week was a long weekend and personal food fest. I have been doing good for so long & then 1 day of bad eating ended up being a few days of binge eating. I felt lethargic, tired & bloated, but damn it tasted good while it lasted . Now it just reminds myself why a sugar/carb overload is not such a great idea. I am one of those people who cannot have just a little bit if it's a sweet treat. It's better for me to avoid it than to risk a binge. I did go to the Dave Matthews Band concert Tues... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:14:38 EST Holiday backtracking. I got it all out of my system. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415219 I planned a cheat day for the 4th, but not for the whole weekend. Oh well, live & learn. I am back on track this morning. I have just over 2 weeks for final weigh in, so I am refocused. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:06:55 EST No more 50lb bar on the scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408284 I hit the 140's like I planned. 130's is my goal. Well on my way. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:27:02 EST 140's by next week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401023 3 lbs down from last week. It's looking like 140's it will be next week. Today I weighed in at 151. Not too bad for eating bar food on Friday & having drinks with friends at a cookout on Saturday. I just made sure to counteract it by going low-carb for 3 days. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:52:34 EST Kicking up the intensity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398224 I stopped doing long low intensity workouts the other day. I now do shorter spans of extremely high intensity where I can get my heart rate back up. My body was getting too used to what I was doing & my heart rate wasn't getting up high enough. I had to get myself out of the comfort zone. Let's see how my metabolism responds. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:58:30 EST Weight loss contest results-Midway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396312 I am in 1st place for individual with 13.59% of weight loss. My team as a whole is in 1st place at 7.78%. This is out of 119 individuals competing & 12 teams. My employer is awesome for putting this on every year. There are monetary prizes amongst other things at the end of the contest. It goes for 12 weeks. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:44:30 EST Wow, and another 2 lbs gone. This is working great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386959 I weighed myself on a whim & I lost 2 lbs from yesterday's weigh-in. A bit of experimenting with portions & ratios & now I found what works. I will try and lay off of the scale until next Tuesday's weigh-in. Knowing I am less than 1 lb away from 30 lbs lost ,since April 22nd, is going to be tough not to check my weight in the meantime. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:52:56 EST Down another 2 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385663 I'm happy as long as it keeps moving in the right direction! Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:12:18 EST 25 lbs down in 6 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376382 13.59% weight loss. This is my midway results & 6 weeks to go. Goal weight is the 130's. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:44:28 EST 12.5% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370095 Another 3 lbs down. That's 12.5% since April 22nd. Midway weigh-in for the contest is next week. Tue, 28 May 2013 08:35:57 EST 10.87% is where I am at http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364263 Already ahead of where I was at at the same time I did the program last year. I have a great bunch of people on my team. I am the team leader, so I try & lead by example. I like to blog, so that I can look back a year from now & see what I was doing, and what works for me. Wed, 22 May 2013 07:57:42 EST Weekly weigh in result is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363170 -I lost 3 pounds in the past week. <BR> *I have lost 20 pounds total in 1 month. <BR> -I incorporated more weight training, part of my refocusing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l901343418.jpg"> Tue, 21 May 2013 08:35:17 EST My mantra for the week "Refocus" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357116 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l270510167.jpg"> Wed, 15 May 2013 08:11:09 EST Week weight loss results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356315 Down 2 more pounds. At least I am headed in the right direction. Tue, 14 May 2013 12:48:03 EST Mantra for strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354930 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743745601.jpg"> Mon, 13 May 2013 09:54:10 EST Motivation for blah days. Just remember... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352176 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1784260624.jpg"> Fri, 10 May 2013 13:00:38 EST I love this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350778 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1962387464.jpg"> Thu, 9 May 2013 09:31:03 EST Changing up the routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349487 Not a lengthy blogger, but I try and stay accountable. I did the elliptical & a kettlebell workout to start the day. I took the day off from spinning. Treadmill tonight with my workout buddy. Wed, 8 May 2013 08:02:32 EST I made the 160's !!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348400 Woo hoo! haven't seen this since January. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 7 May 2013 09:29:59 EST It was a rough start... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347085 ...but I did it. I showed up for spinning & I did it. It may not have been my best intensity, but what counts is that I did not give up. Down 4 more pounds. 14 lbs total in 2 weeks. Teetering right on 170. Tomorrow may be the start of the 160's again :) Mon, 6 May 2013 08:10:50 EST End of the week inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346547 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1380657187.jpg"> Sun, 5 May 2013 19:06:08 EST Motivational Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344063 "You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance." <BR> <BR> Lee Iacocca Fri, 3 May 2013 08:08:06 EST Fitness Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342905 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341551188.jpg"> Thu, 2 May 2013 07:59:37 EST Inspiration for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342000 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966830135.jpg"> Wed, 1 May 2013 12:53:08 EST weekly weigh-in results week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340519 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1864017932.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Changing routines up a lot with elliptical, spinning, weights & treadmill have really paid off. I worked very hard this past week & it shows. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:40:06 EST Inspiration for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332965 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1316792358.jpg"> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:45:17 EST And let the "beatings" begin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331371 It is day 1 of the Commit To Be Fit program. I got my weight & measurements this morning. I've got my competition & I am pumped. 1 hour of elliptical before work & healthy homemade food in the fridge for lunches. Now it's time for the work week to begin, and the "beatings." I'm ready to give it my all, ready to spark & start seeing results. Have a great week everyone! Mon, 22 Apr 2013 07:57:16 EST Commit 2 B Fit Contest/My 2nd year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328432 My job hosts this each year for employees. I won the contest last year, 1st place out of 119 people. I love the competition it brings. I am so pumped for this! The contest runs for 12 weeks. Whoever loses the highest percentage of weight loss wins top prize of $500. There are monetary awards to the top 3, . They also offer the 1st place team a company jacket & gift card. My team also won 1st place last year. I have a great group on my team & I just know we will kick arse! We start Monday &... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:36:43 EST Motivational Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324874 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1237493802.jpg"> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:13:47 EST Worst past 3 months ever :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278452 Wow is all I can say. It's really hard to come bach here in defeat. I have been dealing with my son's severe depression. This triggered my own depression. Somehow I quit smoking thru all of this, but in the meantime I gained about everything I lost right back. The good thing is my son is still here. I am weening myself back. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:32:23 EST Happy Thursday Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136034 Getting back on the workout track. I had to let my body rest & heal after an illness that wore me down. It came down to allowing myself extra sleep this past week. Today, however, I felt ready to jump back into my regimen. 65 minutes of cardio before work & I feel reinvigorated. Happy Thursday Sparked friends..... <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:42:59 EST I failed miserably @.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126210 I failed miserably @ cutting out coffee a couple of weeks ago. The mate tea is good, but it is weak compared to coffee & it is hard to kick anything when you are around it at work. It's kind of a social thing. However, I did finally succeed this week! See, never quit quitting. I haven't had coffee since Saturday. I have been off of work since Friday. I am drinking a lot of fresh squeezed fruit & veggie drinks for instant micronutrient bursts instead. I am finally kicking this cold too! I wil... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 13:24:28 EST Mmmm...chocolate roasted mate tea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112088 I am trying to cut down on caffeine, so I decided to try something new. My husband & I went to World Market last night. I was in search of a chocolatey hot tea to fulfill my fall comfort urges. I read about tea with chocolate notes in it. I wanted to try it. I got my wish. 15 single servings of organic chocolate roasted mate for $5.99. I am brewing my 1st cup. It smells good. And the taste is similar to coffee with hints of cocoa. Will it be enough to fill the shoes coffee always has?! We'll... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:31:41 EST Updated weight tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108216 I updated my weight tracker today. Maybe it was denial, or maybe it felt like defeat when I had gained 14 pounds back & was up to 163#. I have changed my ways and overcame overeating these past 2 weeks. I weighed in this morning at 152#. I am now back on track. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:08:16 EST My daily routines that have become habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100973 I workout every morning before work. I don't even think twice about it. After working out, I drink water & eat carrot sticks. I nibble on veggies and/or bean based soups throughout the day, so I never feel like I'm starving. I then eat mostly falafel & hummus in pita bread stuffed w/veggies, or a black bean tostada w/avocado. For snacks, I eat a couple of tablespoons of all natural peanut butter (no sugar added), and oil popped popcorn if I want to munch. I have never felt so satisfied in my... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:22:37 EST Personal Decision to go Vegan & Why I did it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097412 I watched Food Inc a couple of weeks ago. Someone then recommended I watch Fork Over Knives. I cut out meat 8 days ago, and dairy 2 days ago. I am finding this surprisingly easy. I wasn't sure I could cut out cheese, but I now find myself craving vegan Mediterranean & Middle Eastern foods. I also eat more raw veggies & homemade whole foods meals mostly & I feel fantastic. Getting some detox symptoms, but it is tolerable. I already notice the difference in my skin & the way I feel lighter. Unl... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:22:38 EST I DID it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944795 I got 1st place individual, and 1st place team. Me & my teammates cleaned out the awards!!! Along with $ we got a gift card, ordered a company jacket, & an edible fruit arrangement. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:46:47 EST Tomorrow is the BIG day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943204 Final results for the Commit To Be Fit program & awards ceremony is tomorrow. My work is giving us a luncheon, gifts & awards for the participants. My team & I did really well. I am hoping to take home $500 for 1st place individual (I was way ahead of everyone), a $50 gift card for the 1st place team (each team member gets one), we have been the 1st placeteam for weeks, and a company jacket. We also get $100 just for following the program. We still aren't sure who is in 2nd and 3rd for th... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:02:49 EST Final Results!!! Weight & measurement comparisons included!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923210 First weigh in and measurements on 03/22/2012: <BR> Weight 180 lbs <BR> Measure your Waist (monthly) 36.75 <BR> Measure your Hips (monthly) 41 <BR> Measure your Thigh (monthly) 22 <BR> Measure your Upper Arm (monthly) 13.5 <BR> Measure your Body Fat % (monthly) 34.5 <BR> <BR> Final results 06/12/2012: <BR> Weigh yourself - 148.5 <BR> Measure your Waist - 31.5 <BR> Measure your Hips - 36.5 <BR> Measure your Thigh - 19 <BR> Measure your Upper Arm - 12 <BR> Measure you... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:45:10 EST Progress & Final Weigh-In Results In 2 days! Woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920021 I have not posted any weigh-in results for the past 2 weeks and there's a method to the madness ;) It's a 2 week hiatus from making my results public, but I have been monitoring my progress. I am athletic conditioning and I have increased my calories. My body is metamorphisizing into an athletic young lady that I used to know. I am very proud of how far I have come in less than 3 months. I am building up for the grand finale (the end of Commit To Be Fit), but it won't end there. Results to c... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:06:31 EST Kayaking tomorrow! Woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917367 Excited about having fun & getting fit. We are going on a 4 hour river trip. Tea for me, everyone else is bringing beer, but that's okay. I've got a goal I have to meet by Tuesday. <BR> <BR> <em>502</em> Fri, 8 Jun 2012 08:28:38 EST I am such a prankster, sometimes I crack myself up:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916215 My teammate/competitor still thinks my final weigh-in was today (I rescheduled so I get as much time as she does). She told a coworker yesterday she will wait to see my results today, so she can try to beat me, and she had more days to work at it. I cannot wait until my real final results come out. I skipped my weekly weigh-in today, we are allowed to miss 2, so the results will look like I didn't make progress when they come out on Tuesday for this past week. In the meantime I am hush hush ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 12:00:05 EST Fight Fire With Fire. I just can't let you beat me! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914684 One of my competitors in the Commit To Be Fit program @ work, who is also a member of my team by the way, has made it clear that she is out to beat me in the competition that I have been leading for weeks now. I am so glad she made it known to another coworker, in which I overheard. She said she knows my final weigh-in is tomorrow, and hers is a week later. She had a 2 week advantage on me due to she did her initial weigh-in a week before I did, and I was on vacation, so I had to wait until I... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 11:59:07 EST Week 8 weekly weigh-in results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896077 Gained half a pound. But, I have 2 weeks to get in the 140's. It was expected. Inactivity due to being sick, and then my appetite picked up, but my activity did not. I have all week to change that. Thu, 24 May 2012 11:53:03 EST weekly stats update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892917 Weekly stat from last week's weigh-in; I am at 14.44% weight loss. I am still in 1st place, and so is my team. We now have 3 individuals from my team in the top 6. Two more weeks to go. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 May 2012 11:57:48 EST